UW02 : Aira Force to Glenridding
Sunday 18th July 2017
lovely, the Ullswater Way is a little unbalanced in
terms of length of individual stages especially if, like us, you
opt for four. However our cunning plan to add
some balance had been to omit Aira Force from the "official"
one and add it to today's stage two.
was probably the most glorious day of the year so far-
potentially hotter than I experienced in Crete last
week when visiting Jamie- consequently an early start
was a wise move. We alighted at the Aira Force
bus stop and immediately put the plan to good use (or
alternatively to threaten its effectiveness) by
diving into the café.
was still a glorious day as we made our way up through
the glen and down the steps to the first bridge, with
its dramatic waterfalls.
also features a memorial to the extremely distinguished
Cecil Spring Rice who in additional to his American
ambassadorial role, wrote the words to "I vow to
the my country".
This was followed by
a climb to the second bridge, where a plaque commemorates
Cecil's brothers, Stephen and Gerald. Continuing upwards along
less developed paths led us to and over the more modern
and less dramatic third bridge. Time to return
down the other side of the beck, cross back over the
second bridge and strike off out of the glen to the
descending a short distance, we turned right into fields
of buttercups that led us eventually to the lakeside
path (except at this section, the path was on the non-lakeside
of the road).
It did cross over after Glencoyne
Bridge, turning into a delightful, gently undulating
track with splendid views up.....
down the lake.
Glenridding was reached and the Ramblers Bar tested.
Returning to the car, we passed two
ladies sat painting as in an episode of Watercolour
Challenge. Personally I preferred the first lady's
palette to either of their pictures!
this short stretch is out of the way we are ready for
the two-day assault on the east side of the lake.
Sunday 18th June 2017
I didn't have my gps with me and my phone tracklog
had us walking on water part of the time! As if! Once
corrected, this read 4.2 miles and 554 feet of climbing.
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